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During the recent North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Lexus unveiled the latest addition to its formidable F brand luxury sedan. The GS Sedan wowed show attendees by featuring the trademark Lexus spindle grill and distinctive mesh that defines the exterior design of the F models. Slim canted LED headlights that include the Lexus signature L-shaped daytime running lamps makes the GS sedan appear to have eyes of its own. The subtle carbon-fiber rear spoiler adds panache to an already stylish design.
Performance Worthy Sports Cars
The naturally aspirated V8 engine and the easy to operate eight-speed gearbox combine to provide the GS sedan with enough power to test at the top of speed track charts. Lexus built a 5.0-liter engine that delivers 467 horsepower and maximum torque of 389 pounds-feet. The automatic transmission includes paddle shifters that put more control of the GS sedan in the hands of drivers who want to kick it up a notch. Lexus emphasized during the unveiling of the newest member of the F brand family that the powerful engine does not compromise fuel economy. The DOHC 32-valve power plan integrates the Atkinson cycle during predetermined driving conditions to conserve fuel.
Lexus GS sedan chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi discussed the special characteristics of the vehicle that makes it a revolutionary addition to the F brand. “The cars with the ‘F’ designation are meant to generate a very positive feeling when you’re behind its steering wheel, to be something that’s fun to drive no matter who is driving or where it’s being driven,” said Yaguchi. “With the GS F, we wanted to make a special car that not only would exceed the expectations of the most discerning driving enthusiast, but also something that most people can enjoy.”
Handling Anything that Comes its Way
By possessing a weight that falls more than 300 pounds below the weight of German manufactured sedans, the Lexus GS offers owners category leading balance and agility. The design of the vehicle gives more control to drivers who operate the vehicle under the most difficult driving conditions. Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) comprises the long list of standard equipment that pushes the handling of the GS sedan into a separate performance category.
During its announcement of the new GS sedan, Lexus presented a list of safety features that prevent collisions. Lane Keep Assist alerts drivers who veer outside of their intended lanes and Blind Spot Monitor keeps abreast of oncoming vehicles and pedestrians that fall outside of driver vision zones.